EC Boss Storms Parliament Tomorrow

…. Over Media Accreditation, Faceless Petitioners Issues

Mrs. Charlotte Osei, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), has been invited to appear before the leadership of Parliament tomorrow Tuesday, July 25, to provide answers in connection with the accreditation the commission issued to journalists during the 2016 elections.

She is expected to brief the august House on the amount the commission realised from the controversial accreditation fees of GHc10.00 charged on journalists who covered the 2016 elections, as well as replacement for lost or misplaced voter’s identity (ID) cards and how the amounts had been applied.

This was disclosed by Majority leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, during the presentation of Business for this week in parliament last Friday in Accra.

The question, which had been filed by the MP for Subin, Mr. Eugene Boakye Antwi, seeks to know the total of how much the commission collected from journalists after issuing the accreditation cards.

However, the Majority leader later told journalists that because of the nature of the EC, Mrs. Osei would not have to answer the questions on ID cards at the plenary.

Therefore, he said, she would answer the questions at the Committee of the Whole, adding that there was another question that was filed two weeks ago in relation to the situation at the EC.

He said, that question was posed before the recent agitation in which some “concerned” officials of the Commission were reported in the media to have petitioned the President to oust Mrs. Osei from office for alleged misconduct in the award of a contract.

Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu indicated that due to the nature of the developments at the Commission, Mrs. Osei will not be asked questions relating to the agitations at the Committee of the Whole.

The leadership of Parliament, he revealed, will meet Mrs. Osei separately to see what could be done to calm down tempers.

The Majority leader dismissed the suggestion by a section of Ghanaians to the effect that the call for Mrs. Osei’s removal was politically motivated.

In his view, such a claim, especially coming from the Minority leader, Haruna Iddrissu, had no basis.

Since Mrs. Osei’s appointment as Chair of the EC, she has been reeling under pressure, mounted especially by elements from the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

The recent agitation by some staff of the commission has been heralded several attacks, but she remained resolute and continues her constitutional mandate.

She has hinted to sue the lawyer for the faceless petitioners, describing the petition as bogus.




Source: Felix Engsalige Nyaaba


The Republic News Online

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